outdated pedagogy, curtailed program, the traditionalist school of Saint-Macaire under attack from critics

Total freedom? No. A common ground must be respected. Whether they are confessional or alternative, these…

Total freedom? No. A common ground must be respected. Whether denominational or alternative, these non-contract schools are controlled by the headmaster. A safeguard to prevent sectarian deviations. The Dominican sisters, who have been teaching in this traditional Catholic establishment in Saint-Macaire since 1982, were visited by eight inspectors in December 2020.


Photo taken in one of the schools of the Sisters of Saint-Nom-de-Jésus in Fanjeaux.

Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus of Fanjeaux

The report, the outlines of which were revealed by the Charlie Hebdo newspaper last March, points to numerous dysfunctions. “Sud Ouest” was able to consult the full report. A mille-feuille of criticism: “the tools of the pupils show a lack of activities to accompany the strategies of reading comprehension”, “the oral expression only exceptionally empowers the exchanges between the pupils”, “the pedagogical practices do not develop the ability to work in a team”, “digital culture is lacking”, “written material is rare and outdated”, “students cannot exercise their critical thinking on the reality of the world”, “no work on the critical analysis of information” , etc.

“Nothing about the genocide”

The inspectors consulted the primary school history book: “Vichy’s role in the extermination of the Jews is ignored. This genocide is not mentioned in the treatment of the Second World War. The only benefits of the Republic would be the contributions of civilization in the colonized countries,” the report reads. Another sensitive point: sex education. “It is only discussed in secondary school in a booklet published by the establishment. Contraceptives and the risks of STIs are not covered. †

Vichy’s role in the extermination of the Jews is silenced. This genocide is not mentioned in the treatment of the Second World War

The management of the establishment has agreed to open the doors of the former Cordeliers monastery in “Sud Ouest”. “We were surprised to discover extracts from the report in the press,” laments the head of Notre-Dame du Rosaire. “The December 2020 inspection lasted only two hours, it is impossible to observe everything. Nevertheless, we followed some recommendations of the inspectors after receiving the report. At the beginning of 2022, the school was checked again.”

Almost no taboo topic

The Dominican sisters rate their students as “open and communicative”: “There are group presentations and extracurricular projects outside of school. » What about the renewal of textbooks? “We are trying to raise our level. From secondary school they are the same as those of the National Education. The Jewish genocide: “There is no taboo subject, everything is discussed in class. The teachers assume they don’t dwell on contraceptives: “It’s a choice. We think it’s up to the families to do that. †

Notre-Dame du Rosaire occupies the walls of a former 13th-century Cordeliers monastery in Saint-Macaire.  The school welcomes students from kindergarten to the baccalaureate.  The classes are mixed up to primary school.


Notre-Dame du Rosaire occupies the walls of a former 13th-century Cordeliers monastery in Saint-Macaire. The school welcomes students from kindergarten to the baccalaureate. The classes are mixed up to primary school.

Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus of Fanjeaux

The management recalls that the establishment enjoys freedom of education outside the contract. And cites some positive passages from the 2020 report: “The students had no reservations about their well-being in this establishment. She insists on the changes between the 2020 and 2022 inspections. “Constructive talks have been held with the Rectorate. » In Saint-Macaire, 156 pupils follow the education of the Dominican sisters. Bac pass: 100%. The classes are mixed until CE2 and then only women.

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